Protect 70 Fifth Ave. and the entire proposed South of Union Square Historic District

Recipients

  • LPC Chair Sarah Carroll

Message

I support landmarking 70 Fifth Ave. and the entire proposed South of Union Square Historic District

Dear [Decision Maker],

I strongly urge you to vote to landmark 70 Fifth Avenue, the 1912 Beaux Arts former headquarters of the NAACP, The Crisis Magazine, and an incredible array of progressive and civil rights organizations. I also urge you to move ahead with landmark designation of the remainder of the proposed South of Union Square Historic District of which this is a part, which contains many, many additional buildings similarly connected to important civil rights history, as well as important artistic, literary, and social movements.

70 Fifth was the early headquarters of the NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest African American civil rights organization, as well as the country's first African American magazine, The Crisis, which has been a key voice in civil rights struggles for over a century. Critical early battles against lynching and racial discrimination in voting, housing, and employment were fought here, and many of the shining lights of the Harlem Renaissance were given their first or an early prominent opportunity to be seen or heard in the pages of The Crisis. This was especially true of women artists, writers, and editors, who played a key role there.

But 70 Fifth Avenue also played a key role in the foundation of many great civil rights and social justice organizations, including the ACLU, the AFT, Students For A Democratic Society, the League for Industrial Democracy, the Women's Peace Party, the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, and the Near East Foundation, which led the effort to expose and stop the Armenian Genocide and other ethnic cleansing campaigns in the Ottoman Empire during and after WWI. Additionally, many great publishers who produced landmark works of the 20th century were located here.

This all speaks to a history found throughout the nearly 200 buildings of the proposed historic district South of Union Square, of which 70 Fifth Avenue is a key part. As at 70 Fifth, throughout this district politics and activism combined with art and commerce to transform our city and country, in ways that are as relevant today as ever. I urge the Commission to move ahead with landmark designation of 70 Fifth Avenue, but also urge it not to ignore or leave behind the rest of the imminently endangered history in the rest of the proposed historic district South of Union Square which also awaits action from the Commission.


Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

Contact

*Required fields